Governor releases $335 million for Hawaii’s airports

Honolulu International Airport
Honolulu International Airport

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Monday the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects to improve Hawaii airports.

“We have seen great strides in our Hawaii Airports Modernization Program over the past few years, and the release of these funds is evidence that we remain committed to transforming our airports into world-class facilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Any investment in our airports is an investment in our economy and jobs.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

$305,500,000 – Consolidated Car Rental Facility and Roadway Improvements, Kahului Airport, Maui: Construction funds for a multi-level consolidated car rental facility that will include a customer service building, quick turnaround, ready and return vehicle parking spaces, four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, a people mover system to and from the terminal, site improvements, roadway connections to airport terminal roadways, additional employee parking spaces and potential flat-plate, non-reflective photovoltaic panels. The new facility will provide added customer convenience and will reduce traffic congestion at the airport. Access to the new facility will be through a new access road from Hana Hwy. to Airport Loop Rd.

“I and the rest of the Maui delegation have been working hard to impress upon the Governor the longstanding need for upgrading and responsible expansion of the Kahului Airport and car rental facilities, and am grateful that the monies were ultimately released,” said Rep. Justin Woodson (D-Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani). “As part of our statewide system of airports, these improvements to Maui Airport are a critical investment in our visitor industry and in our local economy… The funds will be used to build a much-needed consolidated car rental facility and allow for airport road improvements that will help reduce access traffic to and from the airport and improve the airport experience for both Maui’s residents and visitors.”

$14,460,000 – Overseas Terminal, 2nd Level Roadway Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu: Construction funds to improve the 2nd level roadway fronting the Overseas Terminal. Improvements will include repair of the concrete roadway, replacement of existing expansion joints, drainage system repairs, roadway lighting system repairs, hazardous material abatement and demolition of existing planter boxes.

$11,749,000 – Concession Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu: Construction funds for an additional 28,000 square feet of concession space for the Ewa Concourse, which currently has just 5,200 square feet. The project will include the demolition and/or renovation of existing restrooms and the enclosure of the exterior sidewalk by relocating the existing curtain wall to the Wiki-Wiki shuttle roadway, including necessary interior improvements. The concession area development should allow the state Department of Transportation to maximize potential sales revenue, and improve the passenger experience by bringing the concessions closer to the gates.

$3,300,000 – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility Improvements, Hilo International Airport, Hawaii Island: Construction funds for a new ARFF station to replace the current one, which does not meet the requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration. The current ARFF building will be utilized for storage upon completion of the new facility.

Rendering of Kahului Airport’s Consolidated Car Rental Facility
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